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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 16, 2019

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Payne-Jones looks to transition into role of supervisor in Charles City

By Community Member | June 25, 2019 6:50 am

Helen Payne-Jones will look to transition from a seat on the school board to a seat on the board of supervisors in Charles City in the upcoming general election. “Thirteen years ago, my family and I moved to Charles City and I cannot remember the citizens of District 1 having a choice for the Board of Supervisors,” she said in a press release. “I am excited and plan to offer the citizens a fresh and new approach to government that includes smart growth, broadband internet services county-wide, funding our schools, and strong leadership.”

Richmond man receives five-year prison sentence for selling heroin in New Kent

By Robb Johnson | June 24, 2019 8:39 pm

A Richmond man will spend the next five years in prison after accepting terms to a plea agreement during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Mushane Xavier Stevenson, 41, of the 1900 block of Wood Street, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of distribution of a Schedule I/II substance (first offense). He was originally charged with distribution of a Schedule I/II substance (third or subsequent offense). In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Linwood Gregory, Stevenson traveled to Bojangles in the Bottoms Bridge area of the county to sell a substance to an…
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Ferris to challenge for District 2 supervisors’ seat in New Kent

By Community Member | June 24, 2019 11:43 am

Kate West Ferris has announced that she will be challenging for the District 2 seat to New Kent’s Board of Supervisors in the November general election. “We are facing a time of rapid growth in New Kent and we need strong, smart leadership to steer that growth,” she said in a press release. “District 2 has seen increased commercial activity in recent years, with much more development on the horizon. “We want to support smart growth while also keeping New Kent the close community that people love to call home,” Ferris concluded.

Smith announces re-election campaign for Commissioner of the Revenue in Charles City

By Community Member | June 24, 2019 10:14 am

Denise Burrell Smith will seek re-election to the position of Commissioner of the Revenue of Charles City County in the upcoming general election. “It has been an esteemed honor to serve the citizens of Charles City County by providing innovative services while carefully safeguarding customer information in an efficient and courteous manner,” she said in a press release.

Evelyn campaigns for position of New Kent County treasurer

By Community Member | June 21, 2019 1:06 pm
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Charles Evelyn has announced his candidacy for the position of New Kent County treasurer in the upcoming general election. “I look forward to bringing my 18 years of experience in small business management, as well as years of financial knowledge and experience as a governmental treasurer and finance committee chairman to provide strong conservative leadership, efficiency, and modernization for our county treasurer’s office,” he said in a press release. “I am committed to working with the taxpayer in managing the treasurer’s office with professionalism, accessibility, and excellent customer service.”

Swynford vies for re-election to New Kent’s School Board

By Community Member | June 21, 2019 7:19 am
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Kristin Swynford has announced her candidacy for re-election to New Kent’s School Board as the District 2 representative. “I am excited about the educational opportunities in New Kent County schools,” she said in a press release. “Public education must work for all students and the emphasis on college, career, and life readiness is an important goal that must be achieved. “I am committed to ensuring that our teachers and students are provided the opportunity to excel in an increasingly complex and competitive environment,” Swynford concluded.

Charles City school board puts temporary halt on proposed solar array facility

By Andre Jones | June 18, 2019 11:28 pm

A proposal for a solar array project to help power Charles City County Public Schools hit a roadblock after questions arose from school leaders Tuesday night. School board leaders elected not to pursue entering into a PPEA master agreement that would allow exploration of procurement opportunities when several questions on cost savings and a timeline of commitment didn’t sit well with representatives. In the May school board monthly meeting, Sun Tribe Solar made a formal presentation about constructing a solar array farm on 6.4 acres of land owned by the school. Unlike the recent county approved sPower project that will…
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New Kent Emergency Center breaks ground, pegged for Spring 2020 opening

By Robb Johnson | June 18, 2019 2:37 pm
Golden shovels signify the groundbreaking for the construction of VCU's Trauma Center in New Kent.Robb Johnson photo

When you sit back and think about what an emergency center would mean to a locality, it means growth and additional services for citizens. That is exactly how many people feel in New Kent after a groundbreaking ceremony for the VCU Trauma Center took place Monday morning. Local and state dignitaries, along with representatives from Virginia Commonwealth University, attended the press conference and groundbreaking at 2495 Pocahontas Trail in Quinton, the site of the new facility. The $16 million facility will consist of a 17,000-square foot building will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and feature…
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Quinton man receives 18 months for DUI maiming, child endangerment convictions

By Andre Jones | June 17, 2019 5:25 pm

A Quinton man who wrecked a vehicle that caused severe injuries will spend the next 18 months incarcerated. James Gray Priddy Jr., 30, of the 1600 block of Arrowhead Road, entered guilty pleas to one count each of felony child endangerment, DUI maiming, and misdemeanor DUI with an elevated blood-alcohol content level greater than .20 while a minor was in the car as part of a plea agreement reached Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. Two counts of DUI maiming were dropped as part of the plea deal. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Linwood Gregory,…
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Evelyn bids to represent District 1 in New Kent once again

By Community Member | June 17, 2019 4:11 pm

Thomas Evelyn has announced that he will be seeking to represent District 1 on New Kent’s Board of Supervisors again. “It has been a pleasure to serve the residents of District 1 and New Kent for the past 11½ years,” he said in a press release. “As the second fastest growling locality in the Commonwealth, the residents of New Kent County deserve someone in District 1 who has a deep understanding of smart growth in our county.”

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